Node-Locked License Installation

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License Installation

**These steps are for evaluation licenses, indie licenses, or academic node-locked license only. If you are using a studio license or an academic floating license, please visit the Floating License instructions page instead.

1. Install the Ziva VFX Maya Plugin

For Windows users, the easiest way to install the plugin is to use the Windows Installer. All you have to do is download the installer and run the .exe file.

If you are using Linux or would like more control over your Windows installation process you can:

  1. Download the .zip file, making sure to specify the correct OS and Maya version
  2. Extract the contents of the .zip file into your Maya module directory

2. Load ziva.mll into Maya

Go to Windows → Settings/Preferences → Plug-in Manager in Maya and load ziva.mll. If ziva.mll does not show up in the list by default, you can locate it using “Browse”. Once the plugin is loaded, you will see Ziva and Ziva Tools in your top menu bar. These menus contain all of the Ziva VFX functionalities, but can only be used once the license file has been set up.

3. Set up Your License

Standalone licenses, also known as 'node-locked licenses; do not require a license server. All you need to do is to copy your license file (.lic) into the directory from which Maya is being run. On Windows this will be next to Maya.exe, typically installed in Program Files/Autodesk/Maya{version}/bin. On Linux the usual installation directory is /usr/autodesk/maya{version}/bin. For a more flexible solution, please visit the Licenses section in the Ziva VFX Docs.

You should now be able to use all of Ziva VFX functions in Maya.

December 4, 2017


Hello Ziva Team, I just wanted to know if there are any special restrictions on the non-commercial license? Nice work anyway really. Best regards.

August 17, 2017


Hello , When im trying to run Ziva simultaneously on 2nd Maya its gives "initializePlugin function failed (ziva) " Error